2015 Progress Report...and
A Thank You Note

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Circulation: 98,627
ISSN: 1538-320
January 12, 2016

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Pete and Pam WrightIt's time for our annual progress report - and a big thank you from the Wrightslaw staff.

We appreciate your input, encouragement, and support during the past year.

Many thanks!

Pam & Pete Wright

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2015 Progress Report

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Wrightslaw recorded 35.7 million page views in 2015, almost double the 18.9 page views in 2014. April was the busiest month with 4.8 million page views.

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24.2 million pages were viewed on the Wrightslaw Way Blog, up from 9 million pages in 2014.


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Top 10 Articles in 2015

1. Understanding Dysgraphia

2. Tests and Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Advocate & Attorney by Pete Wright, Esq. and Pam Wright, M.A., M.S.W.

3. Handling a Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) by Bill Brownley, Esq.

4. 12 Rules for Writing GREAT Letters by Pamela Wright, MA, MSW.

5. The Child Find Mandate: What Does It Mean to You? by Pam and Pete Wright.

6. My Child with a 504 is Failing, School Won't Help by Pam and Pete Wright.

7. Discipline: Suspensions, Expulsions, and IEPs by Robert Crabtree, Esq.

8. How to Request a One-to-one Paraprofessional for Your Child by Wayne Steedman, Esq.

9. Advocate Guidelines: What Type of Training is Required to Become an Advocate by Sue Whitney.

10. Independent Educational Evaluations: What? Why? How? Who Pays? by Wayne Steedman, Esq.

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Top 10 Topics in 2015

Top Ten1. Discrimination: Section 504 and ADA

2. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

3. Special Education Caselaw

4. Behavior Problems and Discipline

5. Early Intervention

6. IDEA 2004

7. Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger Syndrome (AS)

8. Transition

9. Response to Intervention (RTI)


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Top 10 Cases in 2015

1. Bd. Ed. Hendrick Hudson Sch. Dist. v. Amy Rowley

2. Honig v. Doe

3. Doug c. v. Hawaii

4. Cedar Rapids v. Garret F.

5. Doe v. Withers Complaint

6. Burlington Sch. Comm. v. Mass. Dept Ed

7. Florence County Sch. Dist. IV v. Shannon Carter

8. Irving v. Tatro

9. Amanda J. v. Clark County School District

10. Shaffer v. Weast

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Top 10 Blog Posts in 2015

1. When Schools Punish Sick Children Who Miss School: A Game Plan

2. Retention or Promotion? What's Best for My Child?

3. IEP FAQs: Tapes are "Best Evidence" in Litigation

4. Advocating for a Child with ADHD - 504 or IEP?

5. Do Schools Have any Legal Obligation to Identify and Test Students?

6. Does a Child Need an IEP AND a 504 Plan?

7. Bullying, Discipline, and Confidentiality: Who's the Victim?

8. Can Parents Observe Children's Classrooms & Placements?

9. When Teachers Bully

10. Getting Help for a Child with a Behavior Disorder

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What People Are Saying About The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter

"Thanks for the trustworthy information an support you provide through the Wrightslaw web site and newsletter. You helped our family act when we needed to - we are thriving now."


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